Actor James Mcavoy has urged his fellow Scots to treat the country's independence referendum defeat as a victory and work towards making his homeland great. The Glaswegian Wanted star is thrilled so many Scots got behind the campaign to break away from the United Kingdom, even though they fell short by 18 per cent.
Now, the actor hopes those who campaigned hard for independence will get to work.
He tells WENN, "It's better than what we had before. It's a step.We have to move forward now with positivity as if we've won something, because we have actually still won something. We need to stop campaigning and start working."
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You’d think that a group of teen boys who’ve spent three years holed up together on a secluded acre of farmland would figure out something to talk about. But The Maze Runner has little interest in anything its victims might be feeling or thinking at any given time… unless it has to do with that maze.
It might sound silly to bemoan a film called The Maze Runner for paying too much attention to its titular labyrinth. The enigmatic maze that imprisons the abandoned boys, its intricacies, and the one gigantic action set piece that it allows provide the lion’s share of excitement in this primarily drab adaptation of James Dashner’s young adult novel. The problem is that, cool as the maze may be, we don’t care a lick about the folks running it.
The film opens as our hero, a perpetually shocked Dylan O’Brien, finds himself thrust into a mysterious reservation located right outside the doors to a treacherous mechanical obstacle course that none of the unorthodox pokey’s upperclassmen have been able to successfully navigate in three years. But as we are told from the start, O’Brien’s character Thomas is... different.
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We have to be told outright that he’s different, because there are no observable reasons to suggest as such. Nothing from the script nor from O’Brien’s performance to suggest that this might be our Boy Who Lived, our Girl on Fire, our Shailene Woodley. Likewise, O’Brien’s supporting team — group leader Aml Ameen, wide-smiling tyke Blake Cooper, contextually irrelevant resident girl Kaya Scodelario, and a dozen other half-present forgettables — is as flavorless as director Wes Ball’s visual polish, the one passable exception being Will Poulter as a pseudo-antagonist/metaphoric symbol of American conservatism.
A savory enough premise allows us just enough interest in The Maze Runner to enjoy the occasional trip through the cogs and gears of the diabolical deathtrap. But without even fleeting access to any one of the boys’ internal makeup, least of all Thomas, we never really care if anyone makes it out alive.
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The only way you could possibly understand any of these issues is if you're from Tree Hill. Since, there is only One Tree Hill and it's your home.
1. When you're trying to join the basketball team, but your half brother (that lives with your asshole dad who pretends you don’t exist) is being a total dick:
2. When you try to help out a pretty girl and she verbally attacks you:
3. When you’re just trying to tutor someone and they’re all like “Don’t say I never gave you anything”:
4. When you tell your best friend that you’re just tutoring his asshole half-brother, but wind up marrying him:
5. When you're trying to give the valedictorian speech at your high school graduation, but your water breaks:
6. When you try to go to your senior prom, but your psycho stalker won't let you:
7. When you picked the boys you want, put them on the door, and your then best friend totally disregards everything:
“Peyton! He’s on the DAMN DOOR under me!”
8. When you love a guy and want your best friend to be happy for you, but they love him too, and things get real complicated:
9. When you're trying to get a heart transplant, but a dog steals and eats your new heart:
10. When you're just trying to casually attend a wedding but get kidnapped by your crazy nanny:
11. When you decide it's a good idea to marry one of three girls you've loved, call them, and ask them to meet you at the airport so you can fly to Vegas:
12. When you think it's a good idea to get married in high school and then are shocked when things don't work out perfectly:
13. When you just want to be friends with people and they decide to always leave:
14. When you're just trying to have a nice day on the beach but someone tries to baptize you:
15. When you were always trying to be a really diligent student but your sisters were secretly getting you high:
16. When you're trying to have a normal relationship with your boyfriend but then the stalker that looks like his dead wife decides to shoot you:
17. When your trying to enjoy your wedding day, but the limo flips over a bridge:
18. When you can’t understand why you’re dad is weirded out that your Nanny Deb is dating your Uncle Skills:
19. When you totally forget you have a kid and your kid is like “WTF are you talking about dad?”:
20. When you’re just trying to come home to wife and kids and get kidnapped:
Scott boys, getting kidnapped like it's nobody's business.
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Steve Mcqueen's thrilling chase sequence in The Great Escape has been voted the best motorbike scene in movie history.
The Hollywood star's character is chased by Nazis in the 1963 war film, stealing a motocycle and leaping over a barbed wire fence before he eventually becomes entangled in the wire and apprehended. Carole Nash spokeswoman Rebecca Donohue says, "The Great Escape is a film people watch over and over. It's almost like they hope if they watch it enough times, he will get over the last line of barbed wire."
Tom Cruise's Top Gun motorcycle ride came in second place in the poll by specialist super bike insurer Carole Nash, while third place went to a scene from biker classic Easy Rider and Arnold Schwarzenegger took fourth for his ride in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Daniel Craig landed fifth place for his rooftop race in 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall.
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Celebrated classical musician Sir James Galway was the toast of London's Gramophone Awards on Wednesday (17Sep14) as he was honoured for his career achievements.
The Annie's Song flautist, nicknamed The Man with the Golden Flute, was presented with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award after selling more than 30 million copies of his solo recordings worldwide. Paying tribute to Galway, Gramophone magazine editor James Jolly said, "He put the flute on the musical map in modern times... He is a true classical music superstar."
Conductor Sir Neville Marriner, 90, was another big winner - he received the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of his prolific career, while Riccardo Chailly's performance of the Brahms Symphony Cycle with the world's oldest orchestra, Germany's Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, was named Recording of the Year. G
reek violinist Leonidas Kavakos was feted as Artist of the Year, while the Young Artist of the Year title was shared between the members of the Nightingale String Quartet.
Jessica Chastain felt more than comfortable working with writer/director Ned Benson on their new movie The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, because the filmmaker is her ex-boyfriend. The famously private Zero Dark Thirty star reveals she remained friends with Benson long after their romantic relationship ended, and once she found fame with her breakthrough role in 2011's The Help, she wanted to do what she could to get his feature film debut to the big screen.
Chastain also helped her close pal, Teeth actress Jess Weixler, land a role in the film, too.
She explains, "I really believe in him and I met him because I won tickets to the Malibu Film Festival... and I saw a short film he did; I thought he was so talented.
"We became friends for four years, then we started a relationship and he'd written this film. The relationship ended, but I don't believe that love ends; I think it just kind of transforms, but never goes away, so, to be able to shine the spotlight that was on me, and say, 'Look at my friends', because also my best friend Jess Weixler plays my sister in the movie, and just to say, like, 'How incredible are these people?', it was a very emotional experience to make it."
Chastain's star power also attracted the likes of James McAvoy, Viola Davis and William Hurt to sign up for the drama, about a young couple whose marriage is rocked by a life-changing event.
Jessica Brown Findlay's ex-boyfriend has spoken out to condemn the hackers who stole saucy pictures of the actress and leaked them online.
The Downton Abbey star was among the female celebrities caught up in the Hollywood hacking scandal when Internet criminals broke into cloud storage devices and stole hundreds of personal files. Findlay was featured in a number of explicit pictures and a video, and her former partner Thomas Campbell, who dated the star for two years, admits he felt shocked and outraged by the leak.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "It was a huge invasion of privacy, I feel really sorry for her. The video was nothing to do with me. I haven't even seen it. But I do hope that anybody who sees it understands that grown adults do stuff for them that they don't expect the world to see."
Campbell and Findlay dated after meeting at art school in London.
James Cameron has won his fourth Avatar-related court victory after a judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit from a New York-based artist. Roger Dean, who has created album covers for artists such as Yes, Asia, and Uriah Heep, hit the filmmaker with a suit claiming the look of the 2009 sci-fi epic was lifted from his own images of floating mountains and similar scenery.
On Wednesday (17Sep14), Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York dismissed Dean's suit, finding no substantial similarity between his artwork and the blockbuster film.
Dean was seeking $50 million (£31 million) in damages from Cameron, 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment.
Cameron's latest win is the fourth in the past 11 months - three plagiarism-related lawsuits were all eventually dismissed.
James Brown's kids are set to release grisly new books about the Godfather of Soul covering his reputation as an abusive husband and reports suggesting the singer was murdered. The soul man's daughter, Yamma Brown, offers chilling details of her father's domestic abuse in her book Cold Sweat, while his son Daryl insists his dad's death was not natural in Inside the Godfather.
Yamma, who also opens up about her own abusive marriage in her memoir, recalls one violent row between her father and mother when she was five, writing, "My mother was dressed in her blue and white robe. Her legs were splayed wide open and my father was straddling her, pummeling her with clenched fists. Doosh. Thud. Doosh. Thud. Blood spurted from my mother's face. She started thrashing around, kicking her legs, holding up her arms to ward off the punches and trying to break free, trying to save herself."
Meanwhile, in an extract from Daryl's book, he states, "My father was murdered... I just have a gut feeling that he was killed", and and goes on to suggest members of Brown's were responsible.
Brown's son also alleges that his sister Yamma's abusive husband Darren Lumar's murder in 2008 was tied to his father's. He also believes his brother Teddy's car accident death in 1973 was actually a planned murder, insisting his sibling was shot before crashing his car.
Former Doctor Who Matt Smith has signed on to star in the movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Smith has joined a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. The actor will play a suitor for the film's heroine Liz Bennett, portrayed by James. The film and Smith's book are both based on Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice.